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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: E & E Pub; First Edition edition (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964674505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964674509
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,021,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jimnic@earthlink.net on September 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I know this author as an honest student of his subject. I was much impressed with the accurate description of the physical surroundings and people of the 1860s. The reader can almost smell the aromas and visualize the countryside of the rural South. That, along with the factual presentation of the Yankee raid so well-known in Eastern Carolina, and the fictional romance that symbolically began a healing process between the two sides, makes it a good period piece. The author's easy, uncomplicated writing style results in a good book to relax with on a rainy day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Coolmore" is an intriguing story of a minor Civil War incident and its aftermath. It's not "Gone With the Wind" because it is set in North Carolina, where plantations were fewer and smaller. It does portray, however, what one of those plantation families suffered at the hands of Union soldiers near the end of the Civil War.
"Coolmore" is the name of the small plantation with four slaves. The house (an actual historically significant house in Edgecombe County, N.C.) is also midway between two objectives of the Union troops, who have a foothold in the eastern part of North Carolina.
After Union troops do significant damage to Confederate stores and supply lines in the town of Rocky Mount, they head to Tarborough to do more damage. On their way to Tarborough, they pass Coolmore. The unusual architecture of the house attracts them, and they stop and plunder the plantation for rations. After freeing the slaves and burning some of the support buildings, they contemplate burning the plantation house. But one officer stops the men because of his appreciation for the house's beauty as well as the beauty of Julia, the owner's teenage daughter.
When the war ends, the Union officer decides to stay in the South, and his memory of Julia leads him back to Tarborough, where he is not wanted by the defeated townfolk. He persists in trying to make a living in unfriendly territory because he is still attracted to Julia. But Julia has no interest in the man who brought ruin to her family and so many others.
A chance meeting at church, starts a romance destined not to be easy.
"Coolmore" really does show how the Civil War did affect ordinary people--soldiers and civilians alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although Mr. Everett weaves a good story, I found his characters one dimensional and his style of writing annoying. His use of punctuation, particularly exclamation marks, made me wonder if he had an editor at all. At one point I counted 53 exclamation marks in three pages. I felt like the characters were constantly yelling. Although this may seem appropriate at some times, as in battle scenes, it hardly seems necessary in everyday conversation. I never felt like I got to know his characters, and could not tell one army officer from the other. They were not developed at all. His heroine, Julia, was an annoying, bratty teenager with few redeeming qualities. I found this to be a wholly unsatisfying read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Coolmore is a clean, decent book that captures the imagination and won't let go. I stayed up till 4 am one night; couldn't put it down. I hope for a sequel one day!
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